Friday 19th June 2020
The National Federation Party says the Prime Minister’s statement that the Government has a “flexible” plan for schools is laughable.
NFP Leader Professor Biman Prasad says this means Government has The National Federation Party says the Prime Minister’s statement that the Government has a “flexible” plan for schools is laughable.
NFP Leader Professor Biman Prasad says this means Government has NO plan for schools and asks whether the cash-strapped Government is sacrificing the education of primary and secondary school students.
“The Government has suggested that Form 6 and Form 7 students will return to school on 30 June – but 10 days before this date has not confirmed it. No plans have been announced for younger students. Is this because the Government has no money?”
“For three months the people of Fiji have accepted restrictions on their movements, their work and their cultural, social and religious lives. Most have accepted these restrictions willingly, understanding the need for the greater good.”
“The staff of the Ministry of Health who have been tasked with the coronavirus response have done a good job in monitoring, contact tracing and screening, many working long hours to keep us safe. All of these efforts have led to Fiji has now becoming COVID-free”.
“But what is the point of all the hard work and sacrifice of the last three months if we cannot now return to normal life?”
“International bodies and our near neighbours have given tens of millions of dollars to the Government in budgetary support. This is to help the Government do its job – including resuming education for Fiji’s young people”. So why isn’t the Government doing its job?”
“As usual, all of Fiji’s people are kept in the dark. The Government does not consult with school owners and managers. Parents cannot plan for childcare. Teachers cannot plan on how to catch up with their teaching loads.”
“The Government is paralysed with inefficiency and incompetence. All it can do is talk. No wonder everybody is thoroughly fed up with them“.
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Professor Biman Prasad